MemberShigeki Moro

… 東アジア仏教論理学の形成と展開 Ronri to rekishi: Higashi ajia bukkyo ronrigaku no keisei to tenkai [Logic and History: Formation and Expansion of Buddhist Logic in East Asia]. Kyoto: Nakanishiya shuppan.

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I specialize in Yogacara Buddhism and Buddhist logic in Japan and East Asia. I also study Digital Humanities in the field of East Asian studies and Japanese history.

MemberAurelia Dee Wu

…tudies (BAVS)
Member of North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
Member of Translators Association of China (TAC)
Fashion Columnist at Resonate: Global voices on East Asian issues

…tural Legacy of Oscar Wilde in Modern China and Beyond (1909–2019)” supervised by Ross Forman
This dissertation investigates Oscar Wilde’s cultural legacy in contemporary East Asia, particularly on how he has been a commercialised LGBTQ+ figure to the Chinese generation 90s in consuming both cosmetic products and online queer fanfictions. Further to…
…PUBLICATIONS (Peer-reviewed Journal Articles)
Forthcoming 2022: (ed.) The Orient and the Empire: Collected Essays on East Asia’s
Anglophilia and Anglosphere’s Oriental Taste (1842–2019), Special issue with Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, Edinburgh UP.
Forthcoming 2021: “The Consumerist Simulacra of Oscar Wilde in Contemporary Chinese Youth Cult…

 SPECIALISM Fin de Siècle Victorian Aestheticism, Dandyism, Decadence, esp. Oscar Wilde’s cultural influence in modern China (1910­–); the global circulation of literature and cultures; sex, gender and sexuality, esp. LGBTQ+ activism in East Asia; visual culture, internet culture, big data analysis applied in literary studies.

MemberSookja Cho

… Place Through Maps in Late Chosǒn Korea.” AAS (Association for Asian Studies) Annual Conference, Boston, March 20, 2020
“Transplanted Loyalty and the Birth of Heroes in East Asian Wartime Communities.” Beijing  Forum. Beijing University, November 1-3, 2019…

I am an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures. My research concerns Korean and Chinese literature and culture, Sino-Korean exchange, and East Asian comparative literature. My primary focus is on the premodern period. I have a particular interest in subjects which reveal a heterogeneous but interconnected East Asian past, such as gender and religion, orality and performance, mobility and diasporas, and literary migrations. I am eager to represent the concerns and interests of colleagues and friends who teach East Asian languages, literatures, and cultures. As a member of the forum, I would draw upon my knowledge, skills, and experiences to facilitate and encourage dialogues about East Asia among scholars across disciplines. I would also like to improve the general audience’s understanding of East Asia’s cultural legacy as an essential part of our modern, culturally nomadic lives. With scholarship in the humanities under ongoing and increasing threat, I strive to voice our hopes of reframingthe role and value of humanities education and of exploring new approaches that benefit our humanities communities, including those that interface with artificial intelligence.

MemberMarianna Lazar

…[2018] Ph.D. in East Asian comperative cultural history, Ryukoku University (龍谷大学); [2012] M.A. in Japanese Studies, Karoli Gaspar University; [2010] B.A. in Japanese Studies, Karoli Gaspar University…

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Japanology, Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures at Karoli Gaspar University (Budapest, Hungary). Areas of research: ancient Japanese cultural history (particularly the Kofun-Asuka period), the tradition of the Four Gods-belief (四神思想) in East Asia, Japanese archaeology, ancient Korean & Japanese relations, etc. Currently teaching: Japanese cultural history, Japanese archaeology, Ancient Japanese-Korean relations, Japanese art history, Japanese language

MemberErik Hammerstrom

I teach about religion in China and East Asia, with a focus on Buddhism. In my research I specialize in the intellectual and institutional history of Chinese Buddhism during the modern period. I have studied Buddhist responses to elements of modernity, such as the discourses surrounding both religion and modern science; and I am currently writing a “biography” of Huáyán 華嚴 school of Chinese Buddhism in the early twentieth century. As an extension of my work on Chinese Buddhism, I helped establish the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism.

MemberKaveh Louis Hemmat

I am a teacher of history global studies, and my work focuses on representations and perceptions of East Asia in Islamicate culture. My current book project, The Hundred Kings of Samarqand: Silk Road Civic Lore and the Ottoman Book of China, will be the first monograph focused on the question of how East Asia was perceived and represented in Islamicate culture. Part 1 follows the evolution of representations of East Asia in the Islamic geographical imaginary, where China and, less often, Korea served as sites for imagining alternative political possibilities. A major focus of this section is the Epic of Kush (Kushnameh), one of several examples of utopian or messianic speculation about East Asia in medieval Islamic culture. Part 2 focuses on the Book of China (Khataynameh), a description of the Ming state and society written in Persian in 1516 for the Ottoman court, by ‘Ali Akbar Khatayi, a merchant from Central Asia who had visited China around 1506. Khatayi drew on civic lore about the Chinese state and Mongol political culture to advance a bold political vision for his Ottoman audience, in which the Ming state, then the most powerful empire on earth, was imagined as a constitutional regime with legal mechanisms for peacefully deposing emperors who violated the law or failed to perform their duties. This notion of China as a constitutional regime featured in later Ottoman debates about the sultans’ authority to contravene the Ottomans’ dynastic constitution. A core concept in this study is lore: the slow movement and accumulation of rumor and unverified information loaded with political judgment and emotion (Data’s evil twin, as it were)—the operation of memory over distance—that was the basis of non-expert knowledge of distant places. While historians’ relationship to lore is most often antagonistic, my work centers lore as a site of political agency where premodern travelers like Khatayi (typically of sub-elite status, travel being notoriously dangerous) leveraged the dependence of the ruling classes on them for information about distant places. The liminal status of distant places such as Korea and China—known to exist, but not familiar apart from certain facts about their material culture, wealth, and, in the Ming period, military power—that made them ideal sites for utopian speculation.

MemberAmerican Musicological Society – Global East Asian Music Research Study Group

…American Musicological Society – Global East Asian Music Research Study Group…

We are a group dedicated to the study of musics and soundscapes of East Asia, East Asian diasporas, and other milieus culturally proximate to (even if geographically distant from) East Asia–as well as the imagination of these cultural spheres–from a broadly global, comparative perspective, critiquing and crossing the non-/Western musical divide. We adopt a global, network, or assemblage perspective on research that emphasizes the intersection of local, minoritarian, national, regional, post/colonial, decolonial, and deimperial forces, whether the geographical sites involved are located in Asia or elsewhere. Often moving across cultural milieus, our work translates into the examination of various forms of hybridity involving Western, traditional, folk, popular, pop rock, avant-garde, electronic, and other musics. Our work is proximate to methodologies and topics broadly recognized as musicological–global music historiography, history and current practice of music theory and analysis, avant-gardism, hybridity, and Western art music performance in East Asia etc., but we are also open to ethnomusicological methodologies and topics broadly aligned with our vision. While most of us are members of the American Musicological Society, we welcome scholars from other music societies, as well as scholars in other fields who may be interested in our work.   Co-chairs: Gavin Lee (Soochow University), Kunio Hara (University of South Carolina) Advisors: Daniel Chua, W. Anthony Sheppard, Helan H L Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University), Thomas Irvine (University of Southampton) Chairs of committees: Lester Hu (UC Berkeley; Conference Theme), Hannah Chang (University of Sheffield; Bibliography), Bess Liu (University of Pennsylvania; Curriculum), Brooke McCorkle (Carleton College; Archives), Brent Ferguson (College of Southern Maryland; Technology)   Board members: John O. Robison (University of South Florida), Hye-jung Park (Texas Christian University), Serena Yang (UC Davis), Peng Liu (University of Texas – Austin), Grace Kweon (UNC Greensboro), Samuel Chan (New York University), Toru Momii (Columbia University), Qingfan Jiang (Columbia University), Wenzhuo Zhang (University of Rochester), Lufan Xu (Shanghai Conservatory of Music), Charlotte D’Evelyn (Pomona College), Chui Wa Ho (New York University), Winnie W. C. Lai (University of Pennsylvania) AMS 2019 Panel: Global East Asian Musicology Thomas Irvine (University of Southampton), Kunio Hara (University of South Carolina), Co-chairs
Hyun Kyong Hannah Chang (University of Sheffield), Respondent Zhuqing Lester Hu (University of California, Berkeley), Lars Christensen (University of Minnesota), and Makoto Harris Takao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “Hidden Cosmopolitanisms” Serena Yang (University of California, Davis), “The Japanese Reception of Cage in the 1950s and ’60s” Bess Xintong Liu (University of Pennsylvania), “‘The Timpani Beats just Hit on My Heart!’ Music, Friendship, and Diplomacy in the 1973 Philadelphia Orchestra’s China Tour” Hon-Lun Helan Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University), “Asian Popular Music’s Global Network: ‘The Fragrance of the Durians’”   Join our mailing list:!forum/globalasianmusic

MemberDavid J. Gundry

…Assoc Prof East Asian Langs & Cultures…

Ph.D., Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University, September 2009. Major: Japanese. Minor: Comparative Literature (emphasis in French Literature). Advisor: Steven D. Carter. Dissertation title: “‘No Barrier Between High and Low’: Love, Ethics, Status and Style in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku.”

Visiting Research…

  My research focuses on literature produced in late medieval and early-modern Japan. In 2017 I published the first English-language, book-length monograph on the prose works of Ihara Saikaku (1642–1693), who is widely held to be the most important writer of fiction in early Tokugawa-period Japan. While pursuing my doctorate in Japanese at Stanford, I concurrently completed a Ph.D. minor in Comparative Literature, with extensive study of Classics and literature in French. My work in these areas continues to inform my approach to texts written in Japanese. As a member of MLA I seek dialogue with scholars of other literatures, and I am very interested in forming transnational panels with colleagues working on texts produced both in countries neighboring Japan and beyond East Asia.  

MemberGwyn McClelland

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. An oral historian, I conduct research engaging with religious discourses in memory and history. Interested in emotion in testimonial narration, I have explored how trauma studies intersects with feminist theology, with insights for memory studies. My PhD project, which resulted in a monograph published in 2020, discussed how the atomic bombing of Nagasaki marginalised an already discriminated-against community, the Catholics. Interviewing nine Catholic survivors of the bombing, I found that the ancestors of these interviewees were ‘Hidden Christians’, who had returned to Catholicism after two-hundred and fifty years of persecution by the shogunate. I am currently co-editing a book for a project in the area of Cultural Histories of Sense, tentatively entitled ‘Olfactory Cultures of Asia’. Other work includes a project on religious fundraising in history and another entitled ‘Loves and Loyalties in Imperial Japan’. I am preparing to launch new fieldwork in the boundaries of the Nagasaki region, which I intend to use in a comparative project in East Asia, most likely compared to Korea and China.